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Google reportedly working to offer Gmail, YouTube accounts to kids under 13

By Himanshu Arora ยท 7 replies
Aug 19, 2014
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  1. Google doesn't officially allow kids under the age of 13 to use its services, but that could change soon. According to The Information, the company is working to overhaul its online services so that children can safely use them.

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  2. What could possibly go wrong?
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,360   +2,867

    They are notoriously failing in filtering out spam. Now they are looking to get into legal battles with parents who found out that Gmail and YouTube are leaking all kinds of foul crap to their under-age kids? That's asinine :)
  4. at0mic_Mike

    at0mic_Mike TS Member Posts: 30

    I use to hate everything google, I started liking google, now I'm starting to hate everything google again...
  5. TheLastPanda

    TheLastPanda TS Enthusiast Posts: 77   +10

    They should allow porn on YouTube just to make it illegal for minors to use. The site is just a joke now from all of the kids who already use it.
  6. lolol

    On the other hand, I may be interested in that type of an account. Think of just HOW much would be filtered! I bet I'd still get spam, but much less!
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,152   +1,411

    As a parent of a 6 year old, I think this is a great idea. there are tons of videos on you tube kids like, but parents don't want Dora mixed in with Conquista-Dora, or some Disney princess parody showing up regular search results.

    Go jump in the lake, Jeff. Only some privacy civil rights wacko could take an idea like filtering the internet for children and turn it into a bad thing. Who cares if they collect info on what a kid sees so they can provide ads?
    I'd rather my daughter see ads for Frozen stuff than for 10 yr old boy toys like nerf guns, and so would she. Not to mention, targeted ads are a really small price to pay for the amount of free stuff we get by using youtube and other google services.
  8. Google can track anyone, anytime, anywhere. So long as they have a computer, cellphone, etc.
    With the realization that not all children carry such devices, this is a great way to get kids on Google's radar too.

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